Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/22/14
Wisconsin Badgers (21-5) at Iowa Hawkeyes (19-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -6 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers face off on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Big Ten college basketball action.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have won three of their last four games and they are ranked 15th in the nation. Iowa is 8-4 in the Big Ten, 12-2 at home this season, and they are 2-6 against teams ranked in the top 25. Roy Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeyes averaging 16.4 points per game. Aaron White is averaging 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff is averaging 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Melsahn Basabe is averaging 8.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Iowa is averaging 83.6 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent. Iowa hasn’t gotten it done against the top teams for the most part this year.
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The Wisconsin Badgers have won four games in a row and are ranked 16th in the nation. Wisconsin is 9-2 away from home, 8-5 in the Big Ten, and 6-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Sam Dekker continues to lead the Badgers averaging 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Frank Kaminsky is averaging 13 points and 6.2 rebounds, Ben Brust is averaging 13 points, and Traevon Jackson is averaging 10.7 points. Wisconsin is averaging 73.3 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.4 percent. Wisconsin is coming off of a 13-point win over conference leading Michigan.
Iowa is 21-8 against the spread in their last 29 Big Ten games, 38-16 against the spread in their last 54 home games, and 23-10 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Wisconsin is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games, 3-7 against the spread against the Big Ten, 2-6 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600. The home team has covered the point spread in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
My free pick in this one will be on the total. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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